The Film Society encourages the progressive evolution of film culture and individual lives by celebrating the transformative power of the moving image in all its forms. Through intelligent and innovative programming, it creates singularly vital experiences for audiences of all kinds.


  • Online Screening Room

    The SFIFF Screening Room features red carpet interviews, Q&As and special original content from the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival. For a liimted time, the site also hosted an array streamable shorts and feature-length films from SFIFF58.

  • Special Presentations

    The Film Society presents numerous special events throughout the year, from film premieres (often with special guests) to screenings with live music, and much more.

  • Festival Photo Album

    It is our pleasure to share moments and memories captured over the course of the 15 days of our 59th Festival.

  • 59th SF Int'l Film Festival

    We are thrilled to share the full slate of films and programs featured at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5, 2016).

  • Fall Season 2015

    An essential element of the Film Society's year-round celebration of contemporary world cinema, the Fall Season features festivals spotlighting international cinemas and a brand-new documentary showcase.

  • Essential SF

    A key event in the Film Society's year-round appreciation of local talent, Essential SF shines a light on the Bay Area's most unique and creative personalities and their invaluable contributions to the film world.

  • Calendar

    View all events, deadlines and screenings.

  • Archive

    A treasure trove of all past Film Society screenings and special events. Here you will find all films shown in the San Francisco International Film Festival, our Fall Season and in our other year-round programs.

From our blog

  • 2016 Golden Gate & Audience Award Winners May 5, 2016

    We just announced the winners of the juried Golden Gate Award competitions at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. Meet the outstanding international stories that racked up nearly...   Read More

  • Theme-Spotting: Music in Film at SFIFF April 27, 2016

    At this year's San Francisco International Film Festival, we are thrilled to screen a wealth of stellar new movies that explore the crucial role of music in film and in our lives. We've rounded up...   Read More

  • A Q&A with Cinema by the Bay Filmmakers April 19, 2016

    Our Cinema By the Bay spotlight highlights exceptional new work that was either made by local filmmakers or features the Bay Area. This year the Festival will screen 13 shorts and eight...   Read More

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